Scouts: On a completely somber note, I feel incredibly saddened by the continued violence in this country. In case you are just waking up, there was a coordinated shooting in Dallas late last night. During an otherwise peaceful protest of yet another police involved shooting, eleven police offers were shot by sniper fire, 5 of whom are dead. Reports are still conflicting and there’s a lot of misinformation at the moment as news outlets rush to be the first to report some new information and are not bothering to fact check anything. Anywhere from 2-4 snipers are reportedly involved with investigations ongoing. Three people are in custody, while a fourth exchanged gunfire with police and reportedly dead. This is incredibly saddening and maddening. My heart goes out to the families of those that were just trying to do their jobs. Speaking as one who grew up always wondering if Daddy would make it home alive or not, it’s incredibly terrifying to hear of such news. Police officers should be held to a higher standard. They should be an example. But just like everyone else, they are flawed and there are some terrible police officers. There are also by and large a lot of wonderful officers who are just trying to make their tiny little corner of the world a little safer. The violence, the killing, the bloodshed needs to stop. The city of Dallas, and the rest of America will band together as we always do during times of tragedy. We will rise up. Please keep the family members of all victims and all those affected by these incidents in your hearts and thoughts. We all need to band together to stop the madness.
Padres 6, Dodgers 10 –LA showed up to the All-Star break a little early. Drew Pomeranz gave up just 2 hits over 7 innings.
Braves 4, Cubs 3 – Prof: This is what’s known as a Prof Agony Special, in which I am happy and angry no matter who wins the game. Dammit.
Yankees 5, Indians 4 – New York got to Cleveland’s starting pitching, a very rare feat indeed.
Twins 10, Rangers 1 – Prof: What got into the Twins? Kurt Suzuki, of all people, went 2-for-4 in an absolute swamping of the Rangers. Twins got five runs in the eighth inning alone.
Angels 5, Rays 1 – Interesting no call on the lack of slide by Pujols. I guess it’s not technically illegal, but the next time, he may end up taking one to the face.
Pirates 1, Cardinals 5 – Adam Wainwright does a nice job cooling off the hot Pirates as the Cardinals retake second place in the division.
Phillies 2, Rockies 11 – Prof: Trevor the Neverending Story keeps on keeping on with his 20th and 21st home run of the season. Why this dude isn’t in the Home Run Derby is beyond me. Now I’m definitely voting for him for my Final Vote All Star.
Nationals 7, Mets 9 – A ton of home runs in this one, a lot of back and forth, but all everyone’s talking about are these slides.
Athletics 3, Astros 1 – Prof: Tell me truthfully, at the beginning of the season would you have pegged Rich Hill as being one of the best pitchers in the AL? No. You would have laughed your butt off. Well, even fresh off of a DL stint, Hill was 8-3 going into the evening and got the win tonight, fanning 10 while he was at it.
Tigers 4, Blue Jays 5 – Rich Hill beats Doug Fister. Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Mariners 3, Royals 4 – Prof: Here we thought we would see a pitching performance for the ages, a super rare ultra low Maddux from the Mariners’ James Paxton. Headed into the eighth, Paxton had shut out the Royals with only 57 pitches thrown. 57! And then it suddenly all went to heck, culminating with a collapse by Mariners closer Steve Cishek to give Kansas City an impressive comeback win.